CBD has risen in popularity over the past few years. With so many CBD and hemp oil products on the shelves touting terms like “full-spectrum CBD,” “broad-spectrum CBD,” and “CBD isolate,” it can be hard to figure out what it all means. What is broad spectrum CBD? Broad spectrum CBD contains every cannabinoid found in hemp plants, except THC. Learn about full vs. broad spectrum CBD today!
CBD: Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum vs. Isolate – What’s the Difference?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has risen in popularity over the past few years. And now, with so many CBD products on the shelves touting terms like “full-spectrum CBD,” “broad-spectrum CBD,” and “CBD isolate,” it can be hard to figure out what it all means.
Let’s break it down.
Most CBD products are derived from hemp plants. Although hemp is a type of cannabis plant, it contains primarily CBD and very little tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for making you feel “high.” In fact, federal law requires that hemp plants contain no more than 0.3% THC.
Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate are the three main types of CBD. Here’s how they’re different:
Full-spectrum Hemp Oil
In addition to CBD and low levels of THC, hemp contains several other compounds, including other cannabinoids and terpenes. Some researchers believe that multiple components of cannabis may work together and offer more benefits than taking each individually. This is known as the “entourage effect,” but it’s still just a theory.
Full-spectrum CBD products contain all components of the hemp plant – nothing is removed. This means that full-spectrum CBD contains some THC, but usually a very small amount.
You may find some full-spectrum CBD products derived from marijuana in certain states. Beware – these products will typically contain higher amounts of THC than hemp-derived CBD.
Broad-spectrum Hemp Oil
Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD, but there’s one important difference. Broad-spectrum CBD usually does not contain any THC. It still provides all the other cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant, so it may still offer benefits associated with the “entourage effect.” Most broad-spectrum CBD products claim non-detectable THC content, which means that taking the product shouldn’t result in a positive drug test. But it’s always best to play it safe – make sure the broad-spectrum CBD product you choose has been tested and certified to ensure it doesn’t contain a detectable level of THC.
CBD isolate is also known as “pure CBD.” Unlike full- and broad-spectrum hemp, this form does not contain any other compounds found in the cannabis plant. It contains only CBD – no THC, terpenes, or other cannabinoids.
How do you choose the right CBD for you?
If you’re thinking about trying a CBD product, be sure to let your healthcare provider know. While taking a CBD hemp oil product is generally safe, don’t use it to replace any of your current medications without your healthcare provider’s approval.
Your choice of product mainly comes down to THC content. If you want all the compounds found in cannabis (including THC), full-spectrum hemp oil may be a good choice – just make sure this is legal where you live. If you want to stay away from THC, broad-spectrum hemp oil is likely your best option for the benefits of CBD plus other compounds naturally found in cannabis. Although high-dose CBD isolates have certain medical benefits, they do not provide the “entourage effect” that may occur with the less processed broad-spectrum products.
Last but certainly not least, be sure to choose a product that has been independently certified for content accuracy and purity, especially if you’re looking for a product without THC. One study found that many CBD products are mislabeled, and THC was detected in about 21% of CBD products tested.
More and more CBD products are hitting the shelves every day – it can be difficult to keep up. Seek information from trusted resources, such as your healthcare provider, to ensure you make well-informed, safe decisions when it comes to CBD.
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What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
You may have been hearing a lot about CBD lately, but with so many different kinds available, even experienced CBD consumers can get confused. Below we’ll go over what broad spectrum CBD is, its benefits, and the differences between broad spectrum CBD, full spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate so that you can make an informed decision and find the products that fit your needs best.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Let’s back up a bit. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of over 100+ cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. Scientists have found that these plant compounds have a better effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. This phenomenon is called the entourage effect and, up until recently, was only associated with full spectrum CBD products which contain minute amounts of THC (less than 0.3%. Now with Charlotte’s Web TM Broad Spectrum THC-free† CBD, you can enjoy the benefits of the “entourage effect”.
Broad spectrum CBD is one of three main forms of CBD, the other two being full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Broad spectrum CBD products contain every cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, except for THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you “high.” This means that people who may be subject to drug screenings can still get the benefits of the “entourage effect” without the small chance of their CBD products triggering a positive drug test.
Is THC-free† CBD the same as broad spectrum CBD?
Yes and no. THC-free† CBD can be broad spectrum, but not all THC-free† CBD products are. As we’ll talk about in a bit, some brands use extraction processes that remove the THC and other cannabinoids along with it. By doing so, these THC-free† products are no longer considered truly broad spectrum. However, Charlotte’s Web has pioneered a new refinement process to ensure THC is removed to less than 0.01% and the other beneficial cannabinoids are left intact. The exact amount of cannabinoids in each bottle can be seen in that batch’s Certificate of Analysis.
Read our blog post on THC-Free CBD to learn more.
Broad Spectrum CBD vs Full Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate
Now that you know what broad spectrum CBD is all about, let’s go over how it’s different from both full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate as well as the benefits of each:
Broad Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate
CBD Isolate products differ from broad spectrum CBD products in that isolates only contain the CBD cannabinoid and nothing else while broad spectrum CBD products contain additional cannabinoids other than THC. The benefit of CBD isolate is that you can enjoy the benefits of CBD without worrying about consuming THC. However, by only consuming the CBD cannabinoid, you’re missing out on the added benefits of the “entourage effect” we talked about earlier.
Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD
The difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD is THC. Full spectrum CBD contains a variety of cannabinoids in the hemp plant, including THC, whereas broad spectrum CBD contains cannabinoids in the hemp plant, except for THC†. The benefit of full spectrum CBD is the enhanced “entourage effect” that comes with consuming cannabinoids together. However, because THC is present, full spectrum CBD products may trigger a positive drug test.
Broad Spectrum CBD and Hemp Extracts
Broad spectrum THC-free† hemp extracts combine the best of both worlds. You don’t have to worry about consuming THC while also getting the added benefits of a variety of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Keep reading to learn about how broad spectrum CBD is made.
How is Charlotte’s Web Broad Spectrum THC-Free† CBD Made?
To create the best broad spectrum CBD on the market, Charlotte’s Web has developed a sophisticated extraction method and processing technology called Supercritical Fluid Chromatography. This eco-friendly process produces a true broad spectrum extract unlike some other brands that use processes that tend to strip out most of the beneficial compounds along with the THC.
Everything You Want and Nothing You Don’t
Charlotte’s Web Broad Spectrum THC-Free CBD oil is perfect for people looking for the added benefits of a full-spectrum extract without consuming THC. To learn more about CBD, read our blog posts on why CBD may not be working for you and how much CBD is right for you or contact us directly.